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April 1st, 2010
06:51 PM ET

How will health care affect your vote in midterms?

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President Obama signs the final version of the health care bill. (PHOTO CREDIT:GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Democrats may have won the year-long battle over health care reform, but there are signs it may not translate into victory come November.

In fact, just the opposite. Several new polls out suggest that the Democrats could be in trouble in the midterm elections.

For starters, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows that after the passage of health care, 55% of Republicans say they're "extremely" or "very" enthusiastic about voting in November. That's compared to 36% of Democrats. Although these numbers are up for both parties, the Democrats still face a double-digit "enthusiasm gap."

The poll also shows 48% of voters favor Republicans in their congressional district compared to 45% for Democrats. Add in the fact that Republicans usually vote at higher rates than Democrats, and you can see possible big trouble for Democrats.

To make matters worse, more than half of independents say they would back the Republican candidate. About the only silver lining for Democrats is a lot of people say they could still change their minds.

Meanwhile, a new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that Americans worried about unemployment and the economy are increasingly blaming President Obama.

The poll shows half of those surveyed say Mr. Obama doesn't deserve to be re-elected, and he doesn't get majority approval on his handling of the economy, foreign affairs, the deficit or health care.

Here’s my question to you: How will health care reform affect your vote in the midterm elections?

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Filed under: Health care
April 1st, 2010
05:30 PM ET

Should pope have to answer church sex abuse questions under oath?

Critics want Pope Benedict and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church held accountable for the recent sex abuse scandals.

Critics want Pope Benedict and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church held accountable for the recent sex abuse scandals.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

How sad that during the holiest period in the Catholic Church, the faithful are distracted by the sins of their church.

Today is Holy Thursday and tomorrow is Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross for the sins of all mankind. But this year, three days before Easter, the sins of the leaders of his church cast a dark shadow over the most joyous celebration in Catholicism, the resurrection.

Instead, the church is lashing out at those who dare to expose the sexual abuse of children by priests. The Vatican plays victim, claiming it was "attacked" by the New York Times during holy week.

It's the children who go to the Catholic Church who have been attacked. Thousands of them. In one case alone, a single priest abused 200 deaf children and nothing happened to him. Nothing. He wasn't punished by the church, instead he was protected by the church.

And he wasn't punished by the criminal justice system either. There has been no justice for 200 deaf children who were taught to trust and respect a priest who destroyed their innocence.

One spokesman for the church tries to write the sexual abuse of children off as a "homosexual crisis." Like that makes it ok... grown men abusing children is ok because it's a "homosexual crisis." Any excuse to avoid the truth.

Now a lawyer in Kentucky, William McMurry, wants to try to get some justice for the tens of thousands of children around the world who could never speak for themselves. No one would listen.

So here's the question: Should Pope Benedict be required to answer questions under oath about the sexual abuse of children by the Catholic Church?

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Filed under: Catholic Church